Young@Art Camp coming soon

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Young@Art Camps are for children and youth aged six to 14.

The young at heart are welcome to volunteer.

Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) organizes the day camp.

“It’s a great way to build confidence, make new friends, and it gives them (kids) exposure to different art forms,” says Megan McNeil, president of RAC.

There are two camps: July 15 to 19 for six to nine-year-olds and July 22 to 26 for 10 to 14-year-olds.

Camp coordinator Susan Dancer teaches bookbinding and self-portraits.

Dancer grew up in Slave Lake and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. She lives in Kimberly, BC. She often visits Slave Lake in the summer. This year agreed to organize the camp.

“My hope is that the kids have fun,” Dancer says. “It’s a very creative hands-on environment.”

The theme of the camp is stories.

“It’s one that is easy to tie into many different art forms,” Dancer says. “It’s important that we learn to tell our stories.”

One day the kids make puppets and write a play for the puppets. On the slightly messier side, there is paint-pouring, tie-dying and rock-painting. There are aprons for the kids to use, but it is a good idea for them to wear clothes that can get dirty.

Dancer has found local teachers for the other art forms.

“The support has been amazing,” she says.

Week one also includes beading, mask making, creative writing, drama, poetry writing, dancing and music.

The second week has similar activities plus photography.

Camps run Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old Ecumenical Church basement in Slave Lake.

The first camp costs $150 and the second $160. The increase covers extra supplies for the older age group.

Children need to bring their own lunch and water bottles.

There is space for 20 children at each camp. Register at www.slrac.org or Alimo’s Pizzaria.

The teachers are all lined up and there are a few helpers, but there are still places available for more sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

Volunteers can come for a portion of a day or up to the whole week.
Volunteers must be 13 years old or older. Volunteers can contact McNeil at 780-516-1588 or fill out the volunteer form on the website.

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